Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nesting Seams Tutorial

I sent my oldest daughter home last weekend with a stack of 4 inch squares I've been collecting to make an I-Spy quilt for our little guy. Her husband works 12 hour shifts, thus I took the opportunity to "replant the quilting seed"  as she's already successfully made one charm pack quilt: 

The day after she got home, she texted me this picture of her "new sewing area" and even used my idea of pinning a flannel backed tablecloth to the wall as a make shift design wall. I was impressed she already had two rows sewn and  I only needed to remind her about "nesting the rows" when she sews them together.
So this tutorial is especially for you girl. Here ya go:

Nesting Seams Tutorial

First, lay your rows on the ironing board right side down and in the order you want them:

Next, you press (not iron) the seams in opposite directions:

You continue alternating the direction you press the seams.

When you go to stitch your rows together, the seams will "nest" flat like this:

And your squares will easily line up: 
As you can see, I'm working on my ALYofF 30's Baby Quilt today and am probably among the few women who gets to spend the day without football! LOL
With Smiles,
Val:)

18 comments:

  1. Great nesting instincts from Mother to Daughter! ;)

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  2. What a beautiful girl on a beautiful quilt! Great job!

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  3. Nesting does make those blocks so much easier to sew together.

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  4. Here I am sitting here sewing, on a sunday morning, watching p.s. i love you, while my husband and son are napping, drinking coffee on my new mug rug :) what a perfect morning! I woke up at 8 too! Thank you for the tutorial! I'm excited to keep sewing and iron here soon. I plan on starting my blog up again too. just need to get back into the routine :)

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  5. Lucky you to be passing on the tradition. Great tutorial!

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  6. Awesome - only one of my daughters quilts, but doing the opposing seams thing was the first thing I taught her!

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  7. We don't have football on in our house. So sewing it is....

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  8. What a great reason for a tutorial. :) I always like to say to press the odd rows to the right and the even rows to the left. Great tutorial.

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  9. Watched BSU last night, but today we went golfing with friends. September weather is awesome - need to get out and take advantage while we can! I love that your daughter is learning to quilt :)

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  10. Nice to see the tradition is being passed down :)

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  11. Look how cute she is! This is great. Old and new quilters will benefit from this tutorial.

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  12. Great that you are getting your daughter back into quilting. I sure wish my mom quilted. She sewed very well and made many beautiful things for me, but never a quilt. Probably because we grew up in Southern Florida and didn't have need of them.

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  13. I taught myself to quilt, but a shared love of textiles has been an important bond between me and my mum as we've both grown older. I hope you and your daughter enjoying sharing your quilting. Looks like she's off to a good start.

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  14. good to see you have a daughter who is keen to carry od the quilting road, unfortunately neither my daughters show an interest or the granddaughter who is 16. How lovely to be able to share this craft with her

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  15. Your daughter is so pretty on her quilt, I love the picture!

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  16. I always wonderd how to do that-thanks

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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